In a recent Georgia trial, an expert in voting systems testified that Dominion Voting Systems machines were alarmingly susceptible to hacking. According to coverage by Law360 Pulse, the expert, Professor J. Alex Halderman from the University of Michigan, demonstrated how he could use a Bic pen and a smart card to easily copy, edit, and change votes within seconds.
This testimony took place in an Atlanta trial related to a case filed in 2017 against the state of Georgia. The Coalition for Good Governance, a liberal activist group, originally filed the suit, asserting that the state’s use of touch-screen computers for voting, without a verifiable print ballot, made the voting counts vulnerable to manipulation.
Professor Halderman, known for his report highlighting deficiencies in Dominion’s voting machines, presented his findings during the trial. Notably, the Coalition for Good Governance urged a federal judge to mandate Georgia to cease using Dominion Voting Systems, even after the state had switched its voting vendor in 2020. The lawsuit argued that the machines, despite changes, remained vulnerable to potential attacks.
While we are not aware of any evidence that the vulnerabilities have been exploited to change votes in past elections, without more precautions and mitigations, there is a serious risk that they will be exploited in the future.